• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Bummed Out…

What a crummy week!  We all experience those times in our lives when just about everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong in a given amount of time, and for me, that has been the last week.  First of all, I experienced a super stressful week of writing for my finals (since they were all papers) and had the pleasure of rewriting several of my papers multiple times due to last minute changes.  Horrible.  Then, midway through the week, my oldest and most loyal puppy passed away.  She was about 13 years old (although this is somewhat of an estimate since we adopted her).  She lived a good long life, but nonetheless, it was difficult to see her go.  Then, to top everything off, had an absolute fabulous weekend that turned horrible after losing a friend.

To say the least, it hasn’t been ideal.  But again, everyone faces these times in their lives, regardless of the timing or circumstances.  The important thing is being able to find ways to cope and make yourself realize that things will get better despite all of the struggle and pain.  For me, this will consist of

  • Working out….a lot.  Running, dancing, yoga, you name it.
  • Cleaning and organizing (and getting rid of possessions that I don’t want or that bring back unwanted memories)
  • Planning for the semester of student teaching ahead of me (writing down the schedule, important dates, etc)
  • Researching teaching strategies and behavior management useful in the elementary grades for use in my student teaching classroom
  • Doing puzzles and jamming to music
  • Drawing any and everything that I see
  • Going out with friends to music events and holiday gatherings
  • Spending time with my little brothers (they somehow always make me feel better)
  • Attending some Ely basketball games and cheering the boys on to victory

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